Emergency Protocols

Active Shooter

If there’s an active shooter on campus:

Run/Hide/Fight may be necessary during an emergency situation such as an active shooter. Make a decision, trust your instincts and take action to protect yourself to survive the situation.

  • Have an escape route and plan in mind.
  • Leave your belongings behind.
  • Keep your hands visible.
  • Hide in an area out of the shooter’s view.
  • Block entry to your hiding place and lock the doors.
  • Silence your cell phone and/or pager.
  • As a last resort and only when your life is in imminent danger.
  • Attempt to incapacitate the shooter.
  • Act with physical aggression and throw items at the active shooter.
Bomb Threat

If you receive a bomb threat:

  • Stay calm and courteous.
  • Keep the bomb threat caller talking.
  • Try to signal a co-worker to listen on the telephone line, if possible.
  • Ask for specific bomb location and time of detonation.
  • Gather as much information from the caller as possible.
  • Write down the information.
  • Listen for background noises.
  • Listen closely to the voice for accents, speech impediments or age indications.
  • Immediately call Campus Safety at ext. 6111 or 434-381-6111 to report the incident.
  • Please refer to the Department of Homeland Security’s bomb threat procedures and checklist for more information.
Fire on Campus

If you discover a fire on campus:

  • Alert the occupants verbally and by pulling the emergency alarms and evacuate the building.
  • Notify Campus Safety at ext. 6111 or 434-381-6111. They will notify the fire department and guide them quickly to the location of the fire.
  • Seek and assist any disabled persons in evacuating the building. Exit via stairway, DO NOT USE ELEVATORS.
  • Once outside, move to an open area at least 150 feet away from the affected building(s).
  • Keep roadways and walkways clear for emergency vehicles.
  • Wait for instructions from Campus Safety or emergency personnel. DO NOT RE-ENTER THE BUILDING UNTIL INSTRUCTED TO DO SO BY CAMPUS SAFETY.
First Aid

If someone needs first aid:

In the event of a serious illness or injury on campus, immediately call Campus Safety at ext. 6111 or 434-381-6111.

If you notice any jewelry with an inscription of medical information, bring it to the dispatcher’s attention. Give appropriate first aid until the campus safety officer arrives. DO NOT MOVE THE VICTIM UNLESS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY.

Rescue Breathing

  • Check for unresponsiveness
  • Open airway using head tilt/chin lift method
  • Check for breathlessness, if breathing is not detected
  • Give two full breaths
  • Maintain airway
  • Pinch nose shut
  • Inhale and place your mouth over victim’s
  • Exhale
  • Check for carotid pulse
  • Give one breath every five seconds

Heart Attack

  • Help victim to comfortable position
  • Give resuscitation or CPR as necessary
  • Keep victim comfortable, not hot or cold
  • Ask or look for emergency medical I.D.


  • Check victim’s mouth and clear of foreign matter
  • Establish airway
  • If the victim is still choking, give six to ten abdominal thrusts

Fractures and Sprains

  • Keep victim still
  • Keep injured area immobile

Fainting, Unconsciousness and Shock

  • Have victim lie or sit down and rest
  • Keep victim comfortable, not hot or cold
  • Place victim on side if unconscious
  • Ask or look for emergency medical I.D.
  • Treat other injuries as necessary

Severe Bleeding and Wounds

  • Apply direct pressure on wounds
  • Use clean cloth or hand
  • Apply pressure to blood vessel if necessary
  • Elevate body part
  • Add more cloth if blood soaks through
  • Keep pressure on wound until help arrives

Poisoning and Overdose

  • If choking, tilt head
  • Determine what substance was involved and how it was taken
  • Stay with victim and assist as necessary
Suspicious Package

If you see a suspicious package:

  • Immediately notify the Campus Safety at ext. 6111 or 434-381-6111 of the exact location and description.
  • Do not touch or disturb the suspected bomb.
  • Do not use radios or cell phones as these may activate some types of bombs.
  • Utilize site evacuation plan to move all staff and students away from the suspected bomb location. A minimum of 500 feet is recommended.
  • If possible, shut off gas main and electrical power to minimize the possibility of fire.
  • Gather any possible witnesses for Campus Safety to interview.
  • Upon arrival, Campus Safety, law enforcement or fire personnel will assume responsibility. All investigation will be conducted by Campus Safety or the Amherst County Sheriff’s Department.
Tornado and High Winds

If a tornado warning is issued:

A warning indicates that a tornado has been spotted.

  • Seek shelter immediately in the lowest building level available.
  • Close all windows and lower blinds or curtains to prevent flying glass.
  • Stay away from windows, exterior doors and outside walls.
  • Put as many walls as possible between you and the outside.
  • Take cover under a sturdy desk or other heavy piece of furniture.
  • Protect your head and body by crouching on the floor, covering yourself with pillows, blankets or heavy coats and covering the back of your neck with your hands.
  • Remain sheltered until you hear the “all clear” signal.
  • Remain calm and follow the instructions of safety and management personnel.